JACQUE FRESCO

JACQUE FRESCO: FUTURIST

Mr. Fresco’s background includes industrial design and social engineering, as well as being a forerunner in the field of Human Factors. Mr. Fresco has worked as both designer and inventor in a wide range of fields spanning from biomedical innovations to totally integrated social systems.

The Venus Project reflects the culmination of Mr. Fresco’s life work: the integration of the best of science and technology into a comprehensive plan for a new society based on human and environmental concern. It is a global vision of hope for the future of humankind in our technological age.

A major documentary entitled Future By Design, released in 2006 on the life, designs, and philosophy of Jacque Fresco is now available on our videos page. This was produced by Academy Award Nominated and Emmy Winning filmmaker, William Gazecki. There is also a special expanded 2-disk collector’s edition now available in the TVP Store that includes the entire 1974 interview between Jacque & Larry King.

The film Zeitgeist Addendum featuring Mr. Fresco and The Venus Project produced by Musician and Film Maker Peter Joseph was released in 2008. A sequel to this film, Zeitgeist Moving Forward, was produced in 2011 featuring Mr. Fresco aims and directions.

The documentary Paradise or Oblivion, produced by Roxanne Meadows, introduces the culmination of Jacque Fresco’s work, and viable solutions for the future. It can be viewed at http://www.paradiseoroblivion.com.

PROFESSIONALS POSITIONS

  • Aircraft Designer for the Northrop Division of Douglas Aircraft, Los Angeles, California
  • Design consultant for Rotor Craft Helicopter Company, Los Angeles, California
  • Design consultant for Landgraf Helicopter Co., Los Angeles, California
  • Co-creator of Revel Plastics Company with Lou Glaser
  • Designer in the Army Air Force Design and Development Unit, Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio
  • Design Developer of experimental equipment for behavioral scientist, Keller Breland
  • Director of Scientific Research Laboratories, Los Angeles, California
  • Architectural Designer of pre-fabricated industrial buildings for Houser Industrial Co., Los Angeles, California
  • Architectural Designer for Trend Homes, Inc., Los Angeles, California
  • Design Developer of three-dimensional projection systems for Paramount producer Jack Moss
  • Research Engineer for Raymond De-Icer Corp., Los Angeles, California
  • Technical Consultant to the Motion Picture Industry, including technical advisor and effects creator for the film Project Moonbase (1953) written by Robert A. Heinlein; for Encyclopaedia Britannica Films; and for Camera Eye Pictures, Inc., for the film, The Naked Eye (1956), which won the Robert J. Flaherty Award for creative film documentary and was nominated for an Academy Award.
  • Colleague and work associate of Donald Powell Wilson of Los Angeles, the noted psychologist who wrote My Six Convicts.
  • Industrial Design Instructor at the Art Center School in Hollywood, California
  • Design Consultant for Major Realty Co. and Aluminum Co. of America (Alcoa)
  • Creator of Jacque Fresco Enterprises, Inc. for the development of prefabricated aluminum devices
  • Design Developer of electronic devices for the Parkinson’s Institute of Miami
  • Founder and Director of Sociocyberneering, Inc., Miami, Florida, the forerunner to the Venus Project
  • Founder and Director of the Venus Project, Venus, Florida

BOOKS AUTHORED

  • Looking Forward co-authored with Kenneth Keyes, 1969, A.S. Barnes & Company
  • Introduction to Sociocyberneering, 1977
  • Sociocyberneering Presents Cities in Transition, 1978
  • Sociocyberneering Presents the Determinants of Behavior, 1978
  • Structural Systems and Systems of Structure, 1979
  • The Venus Project: The Redesign of a Culture, 1995 *World Future Society best seller
  • And The World Will Be One 1997
  • The Best That Money Can’t Buy: Beyond Politics, Poverty & War, 2002
  • Designing the Future, 2007

VIDEOS PRODUCED AND FILMED

  • The Venus Project: The Redesign of a Culture, 1994
  • Welcome To The Future, 2001
  •  Cities In The Sea, 2002
  •  Self-erecting Structures, 2002
  • Designing the Future, 2006

INVENTIONS AND DESIGNS

Many of these projects have been patented and have had wide commercial acceptance.

  •  Systems for noiseless and pollution free aircraft
  • Boundary layer control and electrodynamic methods for aircraft control that dispenses with ailerons, elevators, rudders, and flaps
  • A new structural bracing system for aircraft wings, commissioned by the U.S. Air Force, 1947
  • Experimental equipment for behavioral scientist, Keller Breland
  • Pre-fabricated industrial buildings for Houser Industrial Co.
  • 12 variations of an aluminum “Trend Home,” a prefabricated house designed and developed for Mike Shore and Earl Muntz, 1945
  • Principle technique for three-dimensional x-ray units and for viewing three-dimensional film and television projection without the use of glasses, for Paramount producers Jack Moss and Irving Yergin, 1949
  • An electrostatic system controls for aircraft and the elimination of sonic boom for Raymond De-Icer
  • Electrostatic anti-icing system for Raymond De-Icer Co.
  • Twin Pontoon Outboard Surf Rider – 10′ long, weight 160 lbs., without motor developed for Joe Abaloe
  • Prefabricated aluminum “Sandwich” houses for Major Realty Corporation in collaboration with Aluminum Company of America, 1961
  • A three-wheel low cost motor vehicle developed for Miami Motor Co., consisting of only 32 parts, 1961
  • Experimental electronic devices for The Parkinson’s Institute of Miami
  • Structural Y-Frame Shelters developed for Allan Sanford
  • Hundreds of Medical Devices for Dr. Irving Fixel
  • Various products, such as, the Volk Pipe, pre-fabricated extruded display cabinets, record reel dispenser for magnetic tapes, 180° hinge, vectograph displayer, enclosed sanitary sleeping chamber, ultraviolet lamp, serving tray, snap together lamp, high impact safety helmet, electronic surgical instruments for the medical field
  • Numerous extruded aluminum devices, including, Utilitarian Draftsman Rack, Pencil Rack, Draftsman Scale – 12″ to 36”, Smokers Pipe Rack, Cigarette Holder, Dual Straightedge, Comb, 1967-68
  • Designed and built a wide variety of reinforced concrete structures
  • Numerous components and systems for architectural construction

SOME OF MR. FRESCO´S APPEARANCES IN RADIO AND TELEVISION

  • Library Journal; Etc. Review of General Semantics; American Journal of Physics; Mental Images, Values, & Reality; Acta Astronautica; Journal of Synergetic Society; Video Librarian; Nebula; Journal of Visual Culture; Communications in Computer and Information Science; Future Orientation; Journal of Contemporary Religion; Society and Business Review

SOME OF MR. FRESCO´S APPEARANCES IN BOOKS AND PERIODICALS

  • Feature contributing author to the book In the Shadow of War edited by Arthur Shostak Ph.D. 2004
  • Feature contributing author to the book Viable Utopian Ideas: Shaping A Better World edited by Arthur Shostak Ph.D. 2003
  • Wrote the preface and was featured in the book Transforming The Global Biosphere: Twelve Futuristic Strategies by Elliott Maynard, Ph.D. 2003
  • Feature article in the 2002 January – February issue of The Futurist
  • Feature contributing author in Utopian Thinking in Sociology: Creating the Good Society, an instructional text book published by the American Sociological Association 2001
  • Feature article in the 1994 May – June issue of the World Future Society’s magazine, The Futurist, where the editors compared his work with R. Buckminster Fuller and Paolo Soleri.
  • Screwing Mother Nature For Profit (2011); Rings of Venus (2011); Los Angeles In World War II (2011); Conceptual Physics (2010); Feeding People (2010); Formulas For Now (2008); Beyond Earth (2006); Moving Along: Far Ahead (2005); Transforming the Global Biosphere (2003); Fat Man On The Left (1998); Keep Watching the Skies (1997); Plato’s Ideal City (1995); The Dream Machines (1993); Walden Three (1988); Is There Intelligent Life On Earth (1980); Maverick Inventor (1973); The School in American Society (1973); The Age of Flying Saucers (1971); Behind the Flying Saucers (1950)
  • Walden Three a book written about Mr. Fresco by Jack Catran.
  •  Los Angeles Daily News (CA);
  • Los Angeles Evening Herald & Express (CA);
  • Los Angeles Examiner (CA);
  • Hollywood Citizen News (Los Angeles, CA);
  • Reno Evening Gazette (NV);
  • Ogden Stanford Examiner (UT);
  • Long Beach Press Telegram (CA);
  • Spokane Daily Chronicle (WA);
  • Los Angeles Times (CA);
  • Oakland Tribune (CA);
  • Bakersfield Californian (CA);
  • Los Angeles Sentinel (CA);
  • Abeline Texas Reporter News (TX);
  • Olean Times Herald (NY);
  • Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, WV);
  • Pacific Stars and Stripes (U.S. Military);
  • Miami Herald (FL); Miami News (FL);
  • Evening Independent (St. Petersburg, FL);
  • Bradenton Herald (FL); St. Petersburg Times (FL);
  • Gold Coast Free Press (Miami, FL);
  • Hollywood Sun-Tattler (FL);
  • The Oracle (Tampa, FL);
  • Los Angeles Reader (CA);
  • Lake Placid Journal (FL);
  • Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL);
  • News-Sun (Sebring; FL);
  • Sebring News (FL);
  • 21st Century News (FL);
  • Orlando Sentinel (FL);
  • News-Journal (Daytona, FL);
  • Palm Beach Post (FL);
  • News-Press (Ft. Myers; FL);
  • North Port Sun (North Port; FL);
  • The Indianapolis Star (IN);
  • Record (Hackensack; NJ);
  • De Soto Sun (Arcadia; FL);
  • Englewood Sun (FL);
  • West County Times (Pinole;CA);
  • Standard Esquire Examiner (Ogden; UT);
  • Valley Times (Pleasanton; CA);
  • Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek; CA);
  • San Ramon Valley Times (Danville; CA);
  • News & Record (Greensboro; NC);
  • Philadelphia Tribune (PA);
  • Korea Times (South Korea);
  • Houston Chronicle (TX);
  • The Plain Dealer (Cleveland; OH);
  • Florida Citizen (Key West; FL);
  • Naples Daily News (FL); Aquarius;
  • Nova (Lakeland, FL);
  • Torontoist (Toronto, Canada);
  • The Courier Mail (Brisbane, Australia);
  • The Argonaut (Los Angeles County; CA);
  • Turkish Press (Turkey);
  • Pazartesi (Turkey);
  • L.A. Weekly (CA);
  • University of Southern Maine Free Press (Portland, Maine);
  • Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey);
  • The Vancouver Sun (BC, Canada);
  • Ottawa Citizen (Ontario, Canada);
  • Pittsburgh Post Gazette (PA);
  • Digital Journal (Online);
  • New York Times (NY);
  • Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, CA);
  • Whittier Daily News (CA);
  • Louisville Eccentric Observer (KY);
  • News Strait Times (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia);
  • Fria Tidningen (Stockholm, Sweden);
  • Ukiah Daily Journal (CA);
  • Herald de Paris (France);
  • Star Beacon (Ashtabula, OH);
  • Huffington Post (New York, NY);
  • Jakarta Post (Indonesia);
  • Brazosport Facts (Houston, TX);
  • Melville Times (Australia);
  • Cape Argus (South Africa);
  • Bristol Evening Post (U.K.);
  • Pepper (Sweden);
  • Dagbladet Information (Denmark);
  • Positive News (U.K.);
  • Wessex Scene (U.K.);
  • Viikko Eteenpain (Finland);
  • Chicago Sun-Times (IL);
  • The New American;
  • Madison-Park News (MI);
  • The North Wind (Marquette, MI);
  • Orlando Weekly (FL);
  • Asia Times (Thailand);
  • Miami New Times (FL)
  • Library Journal; Etc. Review of General Semantics; American Journal of Physics; Mental Images, Values, & Reality; Acta Astronautica; Journal of Synergetic Society; Video Librarian; Nebula; Journal of Visual Culture; Communications in Computer and Information Science; Future Orientation; Journal of Contemporary Religion; Society and Business Review.
  • Great Lakes Technocrat (Chicago, IL); Science Newsletter (U.S); Light Metal Age (U.S); Western Flying (U.S); Aero Digest (U.S); Popular Science (U.S); Architectural Record (U.S); The Technocrat (U.S); Fortnight (CA, US.); Variety (U.S); Backstage (U.S); Saturday Review (U.S); Popular Mechanics (U.S); Feedback (L.A., CA, U.S.); Florida Living (Miami, FL, U.S.); Science News (U.S); Rock Products (U.S); Cinefantastique (U.S); Gulfshore Life (Naples, FL, U.S.); Lee Living (FL, U.S.); The Futurist (U.S); Predictions; Media Wave (U.S); Epoca (Brazil); Weekly Reader (U.S); Detour (L.A., CA, U.S.); Shift (Canada); FX (U.K.): Compass (Exxon Mobil); National Hotel Executive; The Sun; GQ (Italy); Jonas (France); Locum Destination Review (U.K.); Mare (Germany); Gantthead; Industrial Engineer (U.S.); Proceso (Mexico); Irish Entrepreneur (U.K.); Science Teacher; Physics World; Flash (Slovenia); The Hooligan (Russia); International Magazine of Space Design (South Korea); Oz (Atlanta, GA); Gallery (Russia); 944 (U.S.); Photoshop (Turkey); Forbes (U.S.); Amusement (France); Diyalog (Turkey); FHM (Spain); Go (Miami, FL, U.S.); In (Turkey); Vs. (Turkey); Ode (San Francisco, CA); Focus (Greece); Geo (Greece); Flash Art (U.S./Italy); Ideas (Netherlands); Chic Today; Eye: The International Review of Graphic Design (U.K.); Pajavasara (Finland); Tempo (Turkey); Sensa (Croatia); Athanor (Spain); Imorgen (Norway); House; Agora (Canada); Natural Communities (Wisconsin); Positive Life; Viva (Slovenia); Urban Garden Magazine (U.K.); Meta Magazine (Germany); Digit (India); Tablet (New York, NY, U.S.); The Socialist Standard (U.K.); Media Update (South Africa); Traffic and Road Safety (Spain); Laissez Faire (U.K.)

RADIO AND TELEVISION SHOWS

Radio

  • Evolving Ideas with Elaine Smitha, Progressive Radio Network (2011)
  • Radiomatica, 102.7 FM (Vancouver, Canada) (2010)
  • Good Vibrations, KRXA (Sand City, CA ) (2009)
  • Living On Purpose with Lynn Thompson, CHLY (Nanaimo, BC Canada) (2008)
  • WLW-AM Midday with Mike McConnell
  • WLW-AM (Cincinnati, OH)
  • WCUB-AM (Manitowoc, WI)
  • KVON-AM (San Francisco)
  • KFMK-FM 105.9 (Austin, TX)
  • JudiWorld with Judi Paparelli (New Orleans, LA)
  • National Public Radio, KGPR-FM (Great Falls, MT)
  • National Public Radio, WGCU (Fort Myers, FL)
  • Science Girl, CHRW-CFM (Ontario, Canada)
  • Susan Weissman Radio, KPFK (Los Angeles, CA) (1996)
  • Art Merril Show
  • Bill Smith Show, WIOD (Miami, FL)
  • Speak Out Miami, WKAT (Miami, FL) (1978)
  • Miami Talk Radio (Miami, FL) (1977)
  • Several appearances on the Larry King Show, WIOD, (Miami, FL) (1975, 1976)
  •  Dick Syath Show, WKAT (Miami, FL) (1975)

Television & Webcasts

  • Golden Age of Technology, Supreme Master TV (California) (2011)
  • Digital October series, Futurology: The Future of the Future, Knowledge Stream 10 (Russia) (2011)
  • Russia Today (2010)
  • Close Up with Mark Sainsbury, TV ONE (New Zealand) (2010)
  • Erie Investigations, Edge Media TV, Sky Channel 200 (United Kingdom) (2010)
  • On the Edge with Theo Chalmers Edge Media TV, Sky Channel 200 (United Kingdom) (2010)
  • Fox News 7, WSVN Channel 7 (Miami/Fort Lauderdale) (2009)
  • Current Issues, Channel 15, (Lafayette, Louisiana) (2006)
  • Feature interview for REDES, a public television show of Spain (2003)
  • It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle, CN8 (Philadelphia, PA) (2002)
  • Primetime Weekend, ABC 6 (Philadelphia, PA) (2002)
  • Discovery Channel’s two hour special Engineering the Impossible (2002)
  • Television Special in Japan, France, & England
  • N3TV, Space Channel (Canada)
  • Talk show presentation in Brazil
  • Chilean Public TV Special
  • Fox News Channel 13, WTVT (Tampa, Florida) (1999)
  • Free Speech TV (Boulder, Colorado)
  • In The Wild, award winning children’s TV series
  • WFLA-TV Channel 8, (Tampa/St. Peterspurg, FL) (1991)
  • Long John’s Journal, WINK, Channel 11 (Fort Myers, Florida) (1990)
  • Eye On Tampa Bay, WTVT Channel 13 (Tampa, FL) (1989)
  • WPLG, ABC Network Television, Channel 10 (Miami, Florida)
  • WPBT, PBS Educational Television, Channel 2 (Miami, Florida)
  • The Larry King Show, CBS WTVJ-TV, Channel 4 (Miami, Florida) (1974)
  • Montage with Joe Abrell, CBS WTVJ-TV, Channel 4 (Miami, Florida) (1974)
  • The Bill Smith Show, WTHS-TV, Channel 2 (Miami, Florida) (1969)
  • On the Town with Fred Fischer, WTHS-TV, Channel 2 (Miami, Florida) (1962)
  • Art Baker nationwide ABC program, You Asked For It!, as “The Man Of Tomorrow” (1950s)

Documentaries

  • Paradise or Oblivion (2012)
  • Future My Love (2012)
  • Zeitgeist Moving Forward (2011)
  • Frequency of Genius (2010)
  • Zeitgeist Addendum (2008)
  • Great Expectations (2007)
  • Future By Design (2006)
  • Engineering the Impossible (2002)

Mr. Fresco has been a guest lecturer at many institutions of higher learning. He was an active participant in discussions at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara, California. Mr. Fresco has addressed students at the University of Miami, Princeton, University of Southern California, Dade Junior College, Queens College, Presbyterian College, University of Southern Florida, Nichols College, Columbia University, Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, Institute of Technology, Vienna, Austria, Penn State Greater Allegheny, Nova Southeastern University, City London University, University of Michigan, and others. He and Ralph Nader were featured guest lecturers at the University of South Florida. At Princeton University, Mr. Fresco addressed the Department of Sociology. His subject was Sociology of the Future. Along with the well-known anthropologist Margaret Mead, Mr. Fresco was extended an invitation to address the College Environment Conference in Washington, DC. He was a guest speaker for the Tenth Symposium for the Civil Engineering Department of TEC de Monterrey University in Monterrey, Mexico, Latin America’s top rated college.

Mr. Fresco was a guest speaker at The Utopian Studies Conference in Orlando, FL and lectured at several World Future Society Conferences. He was a guest lecturer on future planning in Dubai, Untied Arab Emirates. Mr. Fresco was a speaker at the Technical University in Vienna. He was a guest speaker at the conference at Dalian, China for the Development of N.E. China, as well as a conference at Abuja in Nigeria for the revitalization of its informal sector. He was also guest speaker at a conference in Iceland and the guest of honor at The Futurists Summit 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as many other conferences, such as the Futurist Convention and the Future By Design Conference in Florida. Over the years, Mr. Fresco has also delivered lectures to numerous civic groups and various other organizations. In recent years, he delivered lectures at COP Kreativ, Copenhagen, Denmark; City London University, London, UK; and El Salvador, San Salvador. He was awarded the 2009 International Design Award from a! Diseño and lectured at their Life Loves Design conference in Ixtapa, Mexico. In 2010 he began a World Lecture Tour in which he presented over 26 lectures in 20 countries. It was very well received.

We have all heard lectures that downgrade the present state of affairs. They speak of such social problems as lawlessness, poverty, racial tension and divorce. But how many of us can recall any of these lectures offering creative solutions to these problems? Mr. Fresco’s presentations reflect a serious attempt to illuminate the causes and outline a wide range of constructive alternatives. He does this by presenting a redesign of our culture, one that would emphasize the intelligent use of science and technology to enhance the lives of all people while protecting our environment. His subjects range from “New Dimensions in Human Stupidity” to “Imagineering The Future.” A video often accompanies the lectures where his ideas are vividly brought to life through animated models, illustrations and computer animation.

His particular lecture technique enables uninformed audiences to grasp the significance of complex social and technical issues through his use of analogy, example, and anecdote. He speaks dramatically and passionately about the urgent transitional problems facing our contemporary society. His audiences find their attention focused closely on the words of Mr. Fresco from brilliant beginning to profound end. Mr. Fresco’s lectures have consistently been received with praise and enthusiasm.

Mr. Fresco was the founder of Sociocyberneering, Inc., now known as the Venus Project. With his associate Roxanne Meadows, he has designed and built the entire twenty-one acre research facility. The function of this project is to prepare approaches and solutions to the major problems that confront the world today. Television, newspaper, and magazine coverage on the project has been worldwide.

Jacque Fresco died on May 18th, 2017. Today, Roxanne Meadows directs Future by Design. She is available for lectures. For more information, contact her.